Covid-19 Information

Coronavirus (covid-19) health and safety measures in place in our libraries

Covid-19 Information | Eolas Covid-19


We welcome readers back inside our libraries for borrowing. Maximum numbers apply. Readers can borrow up to 12 items. Face coverings are mandatory in all branches of Cork City Libraries. Douglas pop-up remains closed.

We ask that you do not borrow from the library if you or someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19. If you have library items at home, and then you or a household member develop symptoms, please do not return your items until you have completed a 14 day isolation period and are fever free for the last 5 days. You can renew your items on the phone or online.

Priority hour for elderly or at risk patrons is 10 am – 11 am. Under 12s must be supervised at all times. Please follow the guided paths and maximum numbers. Please keep apart. Please sanitise your hands, and cover if you have to cough. As maximum numbers will apply we ask that you limit your visit to a quick visit.

Reference and Local Studies are open to the public. Maximum numbers apply, and there will be no access to loose or unbound newspapers. Socially distanced study spaces are now available to book in Reference and Local Studies in the City Library for a maximum period of 2 hours. We are currently operating a walk-in service to book spaces. Users will be asked to provide contact details to enable contact tracing and face coverings should be worn for the duration of your visit.

The following services are still not available in our libraries at the moment due to hygiene and social distance rules:

  • newspapers and magazines
  • reading and study spaces (apart from Reference and Local Studies)
  • sales, or donations
  • clubs, events, meeting spaces

We hope to resume these services at a later phase.